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How to Unlock Flying in Shadowlands (Patch 9.1)


Will Shadowlands Have a Pathfinder?

In Shadowlands, there are no Pathfinder achievements. Instead, you must get Memories of Sunless Skies IconMemories of Sunless Skies, an item that unlocks account-wide flying for all characters Level 50 and above.


When Can You Fly in Shadowlands?

Flying became available within the second week of Patch 9.1, the first major content patch of Shadowlands.


How Do You Unlock Flying in Shadowlands?

You must reach Renown 44 and complete "The Last Sigil", Chapter 4 of the Chains of Domination campaign that becomes accessible within the second week of Patch 9.1. Then, you will receive Memories of Sunless Skies IconMemories of Sunless Skies and unlock account-wide flying in the Shadowlands zones. Players with Expert Riding skill can fly in Bastion, Maldraxxus, Ardenweald, and Revendreth. However, note that flying will not work in the The Maw, Oribos, and Korthia.


Covenant-Themed Flying Mounts

Unlocking flying in Shadowlands rewards a Covenant-themed mount for your character.


Kyrian Covenant-Themed Mounts

Kyrian Covenant Mounts
Necrolord Covenant Mounts
Night Fae Covenant Mounts
Venthyr Covenant Mounts

Flightmaster's Whistle

Flight Master's Whistle IconFlight Master's Whistle will not be returning for Shadowlands due to how the new zones are laid out. They are too far away from each other, and Oribos, serves as a main hub.


Riding Skill Changes in Shadowlands

Due to the leveling revamp and the Shadowlands squish, Draenor and Legion Pathfinders are now purchasable directly from flying trainers. Riding Skills have been revisited, and changed as follows:

Apprentice Riding increases your ground speed by 60% and you will unlock this automatically upon reaching Level 10 with your character.

Journeyman Riding increases your ground speed by 100%. You can learn the skill at Level 20, and it will cost you 50 Gold.

Expert Riding teaches you how to ride flying mounts at a 150% speed. The skill is available to learn at Level 30 and costs 250 Gold. Druids no longer get free Expert Riding and must buy it for 250 Gold at level 30.

Druids Expert Riding

Draenor Pathfinder allows you to ride flying mounts in Draenor. You can learn the Riding Skill at Level 30 for 250 Gold.


Broken Isles Pathfinder

Broken Isles Pathfinder allows you to fly in the Broken Isles. The Riding Skill is available at Level 30 for 250 Gold.

Artisan Riding has been removed in Shadowlands.

The final Master Riding skill becomes available at Level 40 and costs 5,000 Gold. It allows you to ride at the highest possible speed on your flying mount.

All vendors associated with a faction provide discounts at all levels above Neutral and that includes Riding.

  • 5% discount at Friendly;
  • 10% discount at Honored;
  • 15% discount at Revered;
  • 20% discount at Exalted.
Flying Trainer

There are many flying trainers in the outdoor world, but for consistency, we assume you will be using one of the faction hubs to learn riding. Both are conveniently located near Flight Masters.

The Alliance Flying Trainer is Bralla Cloudwing you can find her in Stormwind at 70,74.

Alliance Flying Trainer

The Horde Flying Trainer is called Maztha. She can be found in Orgrimmar at 49, 59.

Alliance Flying Trainer

Draenor and Legion Pathfinder Changes

Draenor Pathfinder IconDraenor Pathfinder and Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part Two IconBroken Isles Pathfinder, Part Two are no longer required for flying in Draenor or the Broken Isles content. You will automatically be able to fly in the zones upon learning Expert Riding.

Earning Draenor Pathfinder IconDraenor Pathfinder still rewards Soaring Skyterror IconSoaring Skyterror, while Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part Two IconBroken Isles Pathfinder, Part Two will continue to reward increased mount speed in the Broken Isles.

  • 13 Sep. 2021: Reworded certain paragraphs for clarity.
  • 27 Jun. 2021: Updated for Chains of Domination.
  • 05 Jun. 2021: Updated with the correct data.
  • 18 Apr. 2021: Updated with Memories of Sunless Skies.
  • 20 Feb. 2021: Updated with Covenant-themed mounts.
  • 18 Feb. 2021: Patch 9.1 name updated.
  • 02 Feb. 2021: Various improvements.
  • 24 Nov. 2020: Updated with more details on Shadowlands Pathfinder.
  • 18 Nov. 2020: Added Shadowlands Pathfinder information.
  • 26 Sep. 2020: Reviewed for the Shadowlands pre-patch.
  • 20 Jun. 2020: Reviewed for Alpha Build 34821. No updates required.
  • 15 May 2020: Page reviewed for Alpha Build 34365.
  • 10 May 2020: Swapped BfA for Legion Pathfinder.
  • 02 May 2020: Reviewed for Alpha Build 34199.
  • 23 Apr. 2020: Draenor and Legion Pathfinder removed. Updated costs.
  • 21 Apr. 2020: Page added.

WoW Classic Mounts Guide - Trainers, Costs and more


WoW Classic Mounts Guide - Trainers, Costs and more

An in-depth guide on Classic WoW Mounts


Getting a Mount in World of Warcraft Classic is the first milestone each player struggles to achieve, and it's one of their most memorable moments during their adventure in Azeroth. Training Riding Skills and buying Mount is beyond the reach of the majority of players, as it costs quite a bit of Gold. In this Guide, we would like to introduce you to the Riding/Mount System, tell you how to save up Gold for your first Mount, what classes can get cheaper Epic Mounts, and what rare Mounts can be looted from slain enemies in World of Warcraft Classic.

World of Warcraft Classic is nothing like the current games that offer "Fast Travel" features. Traveling between locations back then really was time-consuming (and still is), and it made most players simply progressed by completing quests in adjacent locations back in WoW Classic. After traveling on foot for hours for the first 40 levels, getting a Mount slowly becomes the number one priority for players, but not all of them understand how hard it is to accumulate nearly 100 Gold while Questing casually.  This guide will not only give the most basic information on where to Train Riding Skills, buy your first Mount, but we will also share the most efficient ways to earn money for your Mount in WoW Classic.

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Riding Skill, Trainer Locations, and prices

You can train Riding Skills at a trainer appropriate for your character Class when you reach level 40. Initially, Mount will increases your Movement Speed by 40%, which can be upgraded at level 60 to 100% by learning Epic Riding Skills and buying an Epic Mount. Each character Class has to learn different Riding Skills, and each Class has different Mounts associated with them that they can use.

Riding Skill and Trainers
Alliance Icon WoWAlliance Faction

Race: Dwarf

Skill: Riding SkillRam Riding

Trainer: Ultham Ironhorn in Amberstill Ranch (Dun Morogh)
Dwarf Riding/Mount Trainer location

Other information: Dwarves can ride Rams and with Gnomes, they are among the only two Races allowed to use Mechanostriders. Rams can be bought from Veron Amberstill at Amberstill Ranch, while Mechanostriders which are natively Gnome Mounts. 


Race: Human

Skill: Riding SkillHorse Riding

Trainer: Randal Hunter in Eastvale Logging Camp (Elwynn Forest)
Human Riding/Mount Trainer location

Other information: Humans can learn how to ride Horses and purchase them from Katie Hunter at the Eastvale Logging Camp. Some rare Horses can also be obtained from Unger Statforth in Menethil in the western part of Wetlands. 

Night Elf

Race: Night Elf

Skill: Riding SkillTiger Riding

Trainer: To train Tiger Riding, go to Jartsam in the Cenarion Enclave in Darnassus
Night Elf Riding/Mount Trainer location

Other information: Night Elf Faction Mounts can be obtained from Lelanai in the Cenarion Enclave, Darnassus. 

Gnome Icon

Race: Gnome

Skill: Riding SkillMechanostrider Piloting

Trainer: You can learn Mechanostrider Piloting from Binjy Featherwhistle in Kharanos in Dun Morogh for the standard fee of 20 Gold
Gnome Riding/Mount Trainer location

Other information: Gnomes and Dwarfs can exclusively ride Mechanostriders which can be purchased from Milli Featherwhistle in Kharanos in Dun Morogh found right next to the Faction's Riding Trainer

Horde Icon WoWHorde Faction

Race: Orc

Skill: Riding SkillWolf Riding

Trainer: To train Wolf Riding, you must go to Kildar in The Valley of Honor in Orgrimmar
Orc Riding/Mount Trainer location

Other information: Orcs can ride Wolves which are acquired from Ogunaro Wolfrunner, found also in Ogrimma's Valley of Honor


Race: Troll

Skill: Riding SkillRaptor Riding

Trainer: To learn Raptor Riding, you must go to Xar'Ti in Sen'jin Village in Durotar and pay the standard fee of 20 Gold
Troll Riding/Mount Trainer location

Other information: Trolls can ride Raptors purchased from Zjolnir in Sen'jin Village (Durotar)


Race: Tauren

Skill: Riding SkillKodo Riding

Trainer: To learn Kodo Riding, you must head to Bloodhoof Village in Mulgore and talk to Kar Stormsinger
Tauren Riding/Mount Trainer location

Other information: Tauren characters can only ride Kodos, Wolves and Neutral Drop Mounts. Even if you receive Exalted Status with other Factions, you won't be able to use their Mounts. Kodos can be purchased from Hard Clawhoof in Bloodhoof Village


Race: Undead

Skill: Riding SkillUndead Horsemanship

Trainer: Undead Horsemanship is thought by Velma Warnam in Brill in Tirisfal Glades
Undead Riding/Mount Trainer location

Other information: Skeletal Horses can be bought from Zachariah Post in Brill in Tirisfal Glades


How to earn Gold for Mounts in WoW Classic?

Getting Gold for your Mounts will be one of your biggest concerns when are you are on your road to level 60. Getting 100 Gold on level 40, and 1,000 Gold on level 60 is not something you simply get while leveling up casually, and only a few players can afford it right away. There are a lot of ways to earn that much Gold, and it's not impossible. The easiest way is to simply pick two gathering professions, but except for the high income, they will give you less direct bonuses and end-game additions, so it won't work for everyone. Below we will briefly present the most basic ones and redirect you to more detailed articles we have on the subject.

5 Best ways to earn Gold for Mount in WoW Classic
  1. Gathering Professions - obviously the easiest and the most effortless way. Pick two of the following: Mining, Herbalism, Skinning; gather resources with those and dump them on the Auction House. Unless you are spending stuff on something silly along the way, you should have Gold for both the Mounts if you invested some extra time on exploring Areas and collecting materials. You can also make money on every other profession, however, crafting ones will require significant investments and expensive Recipes to give you sufficient income (something this may even exceed the price of the Mount itself). You could also go Fishing if you have decided to learn different professions, though I have found fishing to be the most boring activity you could possibly do in WoW.
    You can also check our Most profitable professions in WoW Classic Guide for more detailed information
  2. Mats Farming - there are plenty of enemies that can be farmed for valuable items including crafting materials, Cloths, reagents, and more. This is somewhat similar to Gathering Professions, as your goal is to collect materials used by other players to level up their Professions, so depending on the market, they can be quite valuable. You can check our Best Gold Farming Locations article for more info on this subject
  3. Grinding Dungeons for "Bind on equip" Rares - some BoE Rares can be very expensive, as they give lower level players a big boost during their leveling process. You will usually want to grind Dungeons slightly below your current level to make the runs go smooth and fast, as BoE Items are not guaranteed drops and you will also have to roll for them with other Group members (unless you make it clear before the run that you are basically carrying the team solely for the BoEs and see if they accept your terms)
  4. Farming for Pets - this is a very good way to earn a lot of Gold with low DPS/Gear-wise requirements from your character. The two most popular Pets that can be farmed by low-level characters are Hyacinth Macaw - dropped by all Bloodsail Pirates in Stranglethron Vale, and Whelpling Pet that can be looted from any Whelp (various Whelps can be found in Wetlands, Swamp of Sorrows and Badlands). Keep in mind that the drop chance for both the Pets is lower than 0,1% so it will require a lot of luck
  5. Sniping deals on the Auction House - if you are lucky enough, this method can bring you a lot of Gold in a very short time. Basically you are aiming at buying underpriced items and sell them for their normal prices shortly after. Occasionally you may find BoE Epics listed for way under their regular value as a result of type for example, but remember that a lot of people will be also looking for those so you need to be extremely fast

Other useful Tips:

  1. Try to save money on everything, this includes using mainly conjured Food, selling Portals and such;
  2. Don't buy all the Skills, make sure you follow up a specified path and pick only the skills that are essential for your character. It will be easier to earn money for them when you are fully geared level 60;
  3. Try to keep your Backpacks full of vendor quality items. Make sure you know what you got, as some of the Whites can be quite valuable if they are used by some of the Professions;


Neutral, Class, and Lootable Mounts

On top of the standard Racial Mounts that are available to players of each Class, there are also several other Mounts available in the game. You will rarely see them as they usually have a very low drop chance or they are a reward for time-consuming Quest or endless Faction Reputation grinding. In the table below we will present all the additional Mounts that were available in Vanilla WoW even if they still weren't introduced in the Classic version. They are, however, planned to be added in the upcoming Phases.

Neutral Mounts - these Mounts are obtained as Loot from Raid/Dungeon Bosses and can be used regardless of the player's Race and above any beforementioned restrictions. All of the Neutral/Drop Mounts in WoW Classic are "Bind on pickup" and you will have to find yourself a Group of level 60 players to obtain them
Reins of the Deathcharger IconName: Reins of the Deathcharger
Rarity: Rare 
Level: 40
Location: Stratholme
Drops from: Baron Rivendare
Reins of the Deathcharger
Swift Razzashi Raptor IconName: Swift Razzashi Raptor
Rarity: Epic 
Level: 60
Location: Zul'Gurub (unlocked in Phase 4)
Drops from: Bloodlord Mandokir
Swift Razzashi Raptor
Swift Zulian TigerName: Swift Zulian Tiger
Rarity: Epic 
Level: 60
Location: Zul'Gurub (unlocked in Phase 4)
Drops from: High Priest Thekal
Swift Zulian Tiger
Class Mounts - both Paladins and Warlocks can obtain Mounts via Quests chains, allowing them to save up a ton of Gold. Currently, only level 40 Mounts are available though as the Epic ones will be unlocked in Phase 2. Both these types of Mounts originate directly from Spells and you do not use any consumables to unlock them
Paladin (Alliance Only)
RidingName: Warhorse
Level: 40
Details: You need to visit Stormwind to learn the Summon Warhorse Spell. After you reach level 40 simply head to Stormwind City's Cathedral Square and find Duthorian Rall, and accept and complete his Tome of Nobility Quest. Enjoy your free level 40 Mount
Summon Charger

Name: Charger
Rarity: Epic 
Details: getting Summon Charger Spell requires you to be level 60. The Quest Starts again in Stormwind's Cathedral Square, and you have to talk to Lord Grayson Shadowbreaker to start the Quest chain. You will be required to visit Dire Maul to obtain the Mount. Completing the Quest will also require a significant amount of Gold, and a bunch of Materials (it will be still much cheaper than what other classes have to spend). You will need a total of 350 Gold, 40 Runecloth, 6 Arcanite Bars, 10 Arthas' Tears,5 Stratholme Holy Water, 20 Enriched Manna Biscuits, Azerothian Diamond, and Pristine Black Diamond. 

Summon Charger

Warlock (both Factions)
RidingName: Felsteed
Level: 40
Details: You need to go to Strahad Farsan in Ratchet in The Barrens and accept and complete his "Summon Felsteed" Quest. Enjoy your first and free Mount :)
Summon Dreadsteed

Name: Dreadsteed
Rarity: Epic 
Details: same as Paladin's Mount, you will need to be level 60 to start the Quest Chain, and access to Dire Maul is required. You start off by accepting the "Mor'zul Bloodbringer" Quest which requires you to find this NPC in the north-western part of Burning Steppes. Quest Givers can be found in Stormwind, Ironforge, Ogrimmar, and Undercity for both major Factions. You will need a total of approx. 400 Gold, 2 Elixir of Shadow Power, 6 Large Brilliant Shards, 25 Dark Iron Ores, 35 Black Dragonscales, 1 Arcanite Bar, Shadowy Potion, J'eevee's Jar, Black Lodestone, and Xorothian Glyph.


Quest Mounts - currently only one Alliance-exclusive Mount falls into this category. These Mounts are obtainable by repeated Quest-grinding
Reins of the Winterspring Frostsaber

Name: Reins of the Winterspring Frostsaber
Rarity: Epic 
Details: this Mount is exclusive to the Alliance Faction and is obtainable after you reach Exalted reputation with the Wintersaber Trainers faction. It can be found in Winterspring area. Rivern Frostwind is your quest-giver and he is located at the top of Frostsaber Rock. After you reach the required reputation level, you will be able to buy Reins of the Winterspring Frostsaber for 900 Gold.

Reins of the Winterspring Frostsaber

PvP Mounts - these Mounts are obtainable after you reach higher Ranks in PvP Battleground and earn reputation with your corresponding Faction. Just like the regular Mounts, two "variants" are available for both level 40 and level 60. 

Alliance PvP Mounts

Level 40 PvP Mounts will be available in Phase 2. You need to achieve Rank 11 in PvP Battlegrounds, and you will be allowed to buy them from Lieutenant Karter in Champions Hall in Stormwind City. Level 40 PvP Mounts have Epic Rarity and cost 100 Gold. There is a total of 4 Mounts available for each Race, and riding them requires the corresponding Riding Skills. For the level 60 Mount you will need to reach Exalted Reputation with the Stormpike Guard Faction. After that, you can buy the Mount from Thanthaldis Snowgleam located outside of Alterac Valley. It costs 800 Gold.

Black War Ram

Name: Black War Ram
Race: Dwarf
Level: 40
Rarity: Epic 

Black War Ram WoW Classic

Black War Steed Bridle

Name: Black War Steed Bridle
Race: Dwarf
Level: 40
Rarity: Epic 

Black War Steed Bridle WoW Classic

Reins of the Black War Tiger

Name: Reins of the Black War Tiger
Race: Night Elf
Level: 40
Rarity: Epic 

Reins of the Black War Tiger WoW Classic

Black Battlestrider

Name: Black Battlestrider
Race: Gnome
Level: 40
Rarity: Epic 

Black Battlestrider WoW Classic

Stormpike Battlecharger

Name: Stormpike Battlecharger
Race: Alliance Faction
Level: 60
Rarity: Epic 

Stormpike Battlecharger WoW Classic

Horde PvP Mounts

Just like with the Alliance Faction, Level 40 Horde Mounts can purchased after you reach Rank 11 in PvP. The vendor for this Mounts is Raider Bork, who can be found in Hall of Legends in Orggrimmar. Level 60 Epic PvP Mount becomes available when you reach Exalted Reputation with the Frostwolf Clan, and you will be able to buy it for 800 Gold from Jekyll Flandring just outside Alterac Valley.

Horn of the Black War Wolf

Name: Black War Wolf
Race: Orc
Level: 40
Rarity: Epic 

Black War Wolf

Black War Raptor

Name: Black War Raptor
Race: Troll
Level: 40
Rarity: Epic 

Black War Raptor WoW Classic

Black War Kodo

Name: Black War Kodo
Race: Tauren
Level: 40
Rarity: Epic 

Black War Kodo WoW Classic

Red Skeletal Warhorse

Name: Red Skeletal Warhorse
Race: Undead
Level: 40
Rarity: Epic 

Red Skeletal Warhorse WoW Classic

Horn of the Frostwolf Howler

Name: Frostwolf Howler
Race: Horde Faction
Level: 60
Rarity: Epic 

Frostwolf Howler WoW Classic



If we have missed some important information in our guide, or you have found any of the information inaccurate, make sure to leave a comment below. We will appreciate any feedback including constructive criticism, as it allows us to improve our WoW Classic content designed specifically for you!

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Riding is a secondary profession in which characters may learn to ride mounts, which provide movement speed bonuses and, when applicable, the ability to fly. As of patch 4.0.1, increasing riding skill grants further increases to movement speed. All ground mounts increase movement speed by 60/100% (Apprentice/Journeyman) and all flying mounts increase ground movement speed by 100% and flying movement speed by 150/280/310% (Expert/Artisan/Master).

More detail on the requirements for each mount can be found on the mounts page.

Skill levels

The following table lists the skill levels available and the cost to train each skill. Due to the high cost of training, the price with discount is also listed in the table. The only discounts available are faction discounts, which vary depending on where you train in the riding skill:

Also, note that the prices listed for the mount itself refer to the basic mounts available to each race, usually purchasable from a vendor near the riding trainer. Special, reputation reward, or vanity mounts may cost more or require special currency to purchase. To save space, faction discounts on the mounts themselves are not included in the table.

SkillProficiencyRidingFriendlyHonoredReveredExaltedRequired forNecessary level
75Apprentice10s9s 50c9s8s 50c8sMounted riding (+60% movement speed)10
150Journeyman50g47g 50s45g42g 50s40gFaster mounted riding (+100%)20 with Apprentice
225Expert Bc icon.gif250g237g 50s225g212g 50s200gMounted flying (+150% in the air)30 with Journeyman
375Master Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif5,000g4,750g4,500g4,250g4,000gFastest mounted flying (+310%)40 with Expert
Total Price5,300g 10s5,035g 9s 50c4,770g 9s4,508g 08s 50c4,240g 8s

Free riding skills

  • Death Knights receive the 150 skill at character creation (level 8); they learn to summon an [Acherus Deathcharger], a ground mount, as a quest reward in the Acherus starting zone.
  • Demon Hunters receive the 150 skill at character creation (level 8); they learn to summon a [Felsaber], a ground mount, as a quest reward in the Mardum starting zone.
  •  Gladiator awards Master Riding, which is automatically received when learning the Custom Gladiator Mount.  What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been did the same until Patch 5.0.3 upon using the  [Reins of the Violet Proto-Drake], but this was removed when the mount became available account-wide.
  • Increased Broken Isles mount speed for all characters is awarded from  [Broken Isles Pathfinder, Part One].
  • Increased Argus mount speed for all characters is awarded from  [Explore Argus].
  • Increased Kul Tiras and Zandalar mount speed and flying for all characters is awarded from  [Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder, Part One] and  [Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder, Part Two] respectively.
  • Allied races receive the 75 skill upon character creation (level 10).

Note that like all professions, all lower ranked skill levels must be learned before training further (e.g. Expert skill is required to train Master skill).

This is a summary of the initial class mounts. Obsolete quests for the paladin and warlock mounts have since been removed from the game.

Riding trainers

Orgrimmar Riding Trainer WoW Classic

World of Warcraft’s first expansion, Burning Crusade, introduced players to an entirely new continent in 2007 with Outland. It also gave them the ability to fly through all of its zones.

Flying wasn’t available in World of Warcraft Classic. But once players hit level 70 in TBC Classic, they’ll quickly be able to take to the skies as long as they have the financial means to do so.

There are no requirements for flying in TBC other than being level 70 and having the proper amount of gold.

There are two levels of flying mount training in TBC: Normal and Epic. 

Normal flying will give you all of the vertical mobility that you’ll want in Outland, but your movement speed will only be increased by 60 percent. This means that someone with a maximum level riding mount from Classic will be faster than you if you’re traveling in a straight line.

Training for normal flying costs 800 gold and a mount for it will cost another 100 gold.

Epic flying is where things get serious with an air speed of 280 percent above unmounted running speed. Epic flying mounts will still only give you +100 percent speed when they’re grounded, though.

If you’re looking to take to the sky and be as fast as possible, training will cost 5,000 gold, and the mount will cost you another 1,000 gold.

Since this effort is so gold intensive, many players have already started saving gold in preparation for the release of TBC Classic on June 1. 

Players will be able to train flying and purchase mounts in Shadowmoon Valley. This is a change from when TBC was originally released. On launch in 2007, flying was learned in Hellfire Penninsula at Thrallmar and Honor Hold for the Horde and Alliance, respectively.

That was changed to Shadowmoon Valley in a later patch and Blizzard is using that for TBC Classic.

Alliance will learn flying from the NPC Ilsa Blusterbrew at Wildhammer Stronghold. Right by her, players can purchase their mounts from Brunn Flamebeard.

Horde players train flying from Olrokk in Shadowmoon Village and they can buy mounts from Dama Wildmane in the same area.


Training wow mount

Flying in Burning Crusade Classic: Requirements trainer locations, skill and mount cost

As World of Warcraft: Classic players started streaming through the Dark Portal to Outland to level up in Burning Crusade Classic, there's a whole lot of excitement in the air...and you can be too if you manage to acquire the ability to fly. In this guide to flying in Burning Crusade Classic, we help players find the Riding Trainer locations, talk about the requirements of flying, as well as detail the amount of gold you will need to fork out for the two different riding skills.

Burning Crusade Classic: Flying requirements

If you are seeing some players take to the skies at the start of Burning Crusade Classic, they have levelled up extremely quickly.

The only real requirement before you can start flying in Burning Crusade Classic is that you need to be level 70. This means you will have to complete your levelling journey before taking to the skies.

burning crusade classic flying trainers locations riding skill cost(Picture: Blizzard)

The only exception to this requirement is for the Druid class. Druids can learn "Flight Form" at level 68 from their class trainer, and it only costs 8 Gold 60 Silver. They will, of course, need to have already learned Journeyman Riding which is required to ride Epic ground mounts.

Despite this being the only real requirement to flying, taking to the skies of Outland isn't as easy as it seems.

TBC Classic: Riding skill & mount gold costs

Unlike in World of Warcraft: Classic with ground mounts, the riding skill gold costs in Burning Crusade classic is quite high, compared to the mount cost.

We are just going to pull off the bandaid quickly, as Expert Riding and a Rare flying mount will set you back 900 gold. If you want to get up to maximum speed, however, you will have to fork out a whopping 5,200 gold.

burning crusade classic flying trainers locations riding skill costNagrand is much better with flying (Picture: Blizzard)

The Riding skill and mount gold costs can be viewed in full below.

  • Expert Riding - 800 gold for skill, 100 gold for Rare mount.
  • Artisan Riding - 5000 gold for skill, 200 gold for Epic mount.

Most players heading into Burning Crusade Classic will, therefore, probably need to farm for quite some time to start flying.


Riding Trainer locations in Burning Crusade Classic

Last but not least, you will probably want to know where the Riding Trainers are for both Horde and Alliance.

Thankfully, they are quite easy to find, and if you've been to the Shadowmoon Valley area, you should have no trouble getting to their locations.

burning crusade classic flying trainers locations riding skill cost(Picture: Blizzard)

The Riding Trainer locations for flying in Burning Crusade Classic are:

  • Alliance Riding Trainer: Ilsa Blusterbrew at Wildhammer Stronghold in Shadowmoon Valley.
  • Horde Riding Trainer: Olrokk at Shadowmoon Village in Shadowmoon Valley.

Close to Ilsa Blusterbrew, you will find Brunn Flamebeard also in Wildhammer Stronghold, who will sell you some flying mounts. The same goes for Dama Wildmane, who is located close to Olrokk in Shadowmoon Village.

Check out our dedicated World of Warcraft section for news, guides and more.

How to Learn Riding and Flying in WoW [World of Warcraft Guide]

How to get flying in Burning Crusade Classic

After years of riding the game’s flight paths on majestic Gryphons and lithe Windriders, players would take the reins themselves in Burning Crusade. Flying mounts let us explore the world in ways never before possible and helped us take amazing screenshots along the way. It also provided new opportunities for both ambush and escape in open-world PVP, and generally changed how we approached the entire game world.

In Burning Crusade Classic, we’ll have the chance to experience the wonder of flying for the first time in Classic — but before we can fly, we’ll have to hit max level and save up quite a bit of gold. Here’s how to train flying and take to the skies over Outlands.

What will flying cost in Burning Crusade?

The flying mount system mirrored the WoW Classic mount system: you had to purchase training to learn how to ride the mount, as well as the mount itself. (Unless you played a Druid, which we’ll talk about in a second.) Like with our ground mounts, flying mounts could be either Normal (+60% speed) or Epic (+100% speed on the ground and +280% speed in the air). If you wanted to zoom through the skies, you needed both Epic flying and an Epic flying mount, and those costs really added up.

Here’s what you’ll pay to get airborne:

  • Normal flying training: 800g
  • Normal flying mounts: 100g
  • Epic flying training: 5,000g
  • Epic flying mount: 1,000g

Like purchasing your first mount training WoW Classic, the cost of Normal flying training was something you had to plan and save for, but you could reasonably buy it not long after you hit 70. But Epic flying took serous farming, Auction House machinations, or maybe a loan from a friendly guildmate.

With the economy in as bad a shape as it is on many WoW Classic servers, and with no gold cap for those who continue onto Burning Crusade, the cost won’t feel near as prohibitive for those veteran players with piles of gold.

Where to train flying in Burning Crusade

Once you hit level 70 and have enough gold, head to Shadowmoon Valley to find your flying trainer. Note that you will need to have trained previous levels of riding skill before you can train flying. You’re looking for these these NPCs:

Hand over your coins and you’ll have all the training you need to get airborne.

Where to get flying mounts in Burning Crusade

Once you have flying training, you’ll need to get a flying mount. Fortunately, there are vendors who will sell you basic wind riders and gryphons. You’ll find them just next to the trainers in Shadowmoon Valley:

But there are quite a few other flying mounts to find:

  • Drops: Ashes of A’lar from The Eye in Tempest Keep
  • Crafting: Flying Machines from Engineering
  • Reputation: Netherwing, Cenarion Expedition, and  Sha’tari Skygaurd all sell you mounts at Exalted
  • PVP: High-ranked players had unique, armored Netherdrakes

How fast were the flying mounts in Burning Crusade?

Flying didn’t necessarily mean fast. Normal flying mounts moved at 160% speed — which was slower than an Epic ground mount on the ground, you get from point A to point B “as the crow flies,” which opened up some shortcuts. But Epic flying mounts moved much faster, and feeling of speed and freedom the first time you took off on your armored gryphon was amazing.

Here’s how fast you’ll be moving when you fly:

  • Normal flying mounts: +60% speed
  • Epic flying mounts: +280% speed
  • Special flying mounts: +310% speed

While most mounts only went up to +280% speed, certain special flying mounts — Ashes of A’lar and the PVP netherdrakes — moved even faster, at +310%. Very few people are likely to get their hands on these rare mounts, but they add a big burst of speed if you can snag one.

Druids get Flight Form rather than flying mounts

Instead of buying flight training, Druids train Flight Form (equivalent to a normal flying mount) as a spell at level 70 for the cost of 8 gold and 60 silver. Druids could learn an Epic version of Flight Form, but the 300 riding skill and its 5,000g cost was a part of the quest line.

Unlike mounts, Flight Form is instant cast, so Druids could do all kinds of shenanigans like jumping off the cliffs in Nagrand and hitting Flight Form on the way down. Druids could also gather while remaining in Flight Form which made them a premiere choice for your farming alt. Many veteran WoW Classic players may be tempted to boost a Druid for just that reason, which could have further ramifications to the economy.

What flying mounts can I get in Burning Crusade Classic?

Vanilla WoW and Burning Crusade had fewer mounts than we do today —eac mount had to take up one of your precious bag slots, so it wasn’t practical to have a huge collection. That’s not to say you were without options for your mount of choice. These are all the flying mounts you’ll find in TBC Classic.

Basic mounts

PVP mounts

  • An armored Netherdrake for the top 0.5% of Arena players in each Arena season

Reputation mounts

  • Netherwing: Unarmored Netherdrakes are available at Exalted
    • Buy from: Mount Vendor Drake Dealer Hurlunk in the Netherwing Ledge Outpost in Shadowmoon Valley
    • Speed: +280%
    • Cost: 200g each, and your first Netherdrake is free. However, you can’t do the quests without already having a flying mount.
    • Available colors: Azure, Cobalt, Onyx, Purple, Veridian and Violet Netherdrakes.
  • Sha’tari Skyguard: Nether Rays are available at Exalted reputation
    • Buy from: Grella at Sha’tari Skyguard Outpost in Blackwind Landing in Terokkar Forest
    • Speed: +280%
    • Cost: 200g
    • Available colors: Blue, Green, Purple, Red and Silver Nether Rays
  • Cenarion Expedition: Cenarion War Hippogryph are available at Exalted
    • Buy in: Fedryen Swiftspear in Zangarmarsh
    • Speed: +280%
    • Cost: 2,000g

Drop mounts

  • Ashes of Al’ar (+310% speed) is a 1% drop from Kael’thas Sunstrider in Tempest Keep, which will be available in Phase 2

Engineering mounts

  • Flying Machine (+100% flying speed)
  • Turbo-Charged Flying Machine (+280% flying speed). This is the coolest mount in Burning Crusade and still one of the best mounts in all of World of Warcraft. It’s reason enough to go Engineering. This is my hill, and I will die on it.

Into the wild blue yonder!

While flying is something we’ve grown accustomed to over the years, its introduction in Burning Crusade was a game changer. Burning Crusade Classic won’t be able to fully recapture the feeling of that first flight out of Wildhammer Stronghold, but it will give you the chance to once again see the world from above.

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There are five riding skill ranks in World of Warcraft Shadowlands.

The first rank is Apprentice and will let you ride almost any mount. Some mounts have special requirements, listed on the mount's tool-tip before purchase.

Your speed scales based on your riding skill rank: the higher your rank, the faster any of your mounts will run.

RankSpeedTypeTraining costRequired level
Apprentice Riding60%Ground1010
Journeyman Riding100%Ground5020
Expert Riding150%Flight25030
Master Riding310%Flight5,00040

Note: Flying mounts still go at 100% speed while on the ground.

Check our Flying in World of Warcraft article for additional requirements and special restrictions. 

There are no riding skill ranks in WoW Classic. 

In WoW Classic you learn one single racial riding skill available at level 40 for 20 gold, and this allows you to ride your race-specific mounts. See the Racial Limitations section for more information. 

The speed of the mount depends on the mount itself, and not your riding skill:

  • A blue quality mount runs at 60% speed.
  • An epic quality mount runs at 100% speed

The cost of the mount depends on the quality of the mount:

  • A blue quality mount costs 80 gold
  • An epic quality mount costs 1000 gold

The cost of the mount can be reduced up to a 20% based on your character's reputation and PvP Rank:

  • 10% discount if you are Honored with your city
  • 10% discount if you are PvP Rank 11 or above

There are no level requirements to buy mounts, but you must be level 40 to ride a blue mount, and you must be level 60 to ride an epic mount. If you buy a mount you cannot ride, you cannot refund it back to the vendor.  

Racial Limitations

By default, you will learn your racial riding skill which allows you to ride your race-specific mounts. For example, if you are a Human, you learn Horse Riding, and you can only ride horses.

If you want to learn the racial riding skill of another race to ride their mounts, you must be Exalted with them. For example, if a Human wants to ride Sabers, they must reach Exalted with Darnassus.

Even if you are Exalted with a faction, the following limitations exist:

  • Taurens cannot ride Undead Horses or Troll Raptors. Which means, Taurens cannot learn riding from the Undead trainer at Brill or the Troll trainer in Sen'jin village even if Exalted
  • Only Gnomes and Dwarves can use Mechanostriders. Which means Humans and Elves cannot learn riding from the Gnome trainer in Kharanos even if Exalted

The following mounts which drop from various bosses are considered neutral and can be used by any race: Swift Zulian Tiger, Swift Razzashi Raptor, and Deathcharger's Reins.

Additional Information

Check the WoW Classic Mounts guide on Wowhead for more details. 

Burning Crusade Classic introduces Riding Skill Ranks.

Unlike in Shadowlands, in Burning Crusade Classic, your speed does not scale based on your riding skill rank. Like in WoW Classic, the speed of the mount in Burning Crusade Classic still depends on the quality of the mount.

  • A blue quality mount runs at 60% speed
  • An epic quality mount runs at 100% speed

Higher riding skill ranks simply let you ride faster mounts, or flying mounts. For example, you cannot ride an epic mount unless you learn Journeyman first. 

RankSpeedTypeTraining costRequired level
Apprentice Riding60%Ground3530
Journeyman Riding100%Ground60060
Expert Riding60%Flight80070
Artisan Riding280%Flight500070

Note: Blue quality flying mounts run at 60% speed. Epic quality flying mounts run at 100% speed.

Level Requirement

You can learn riding at character level 30. You can learn Expert riding and fly at level 70, unless you are a druid, in which case you can learn Flight Form at level 68.


Characters who owned a blue mount before the Burning Crusade Classic pre-patch are automatically granted Apprentice. Characters who owned an epic mount before pre-patch are automatically granted Journeyman.

Riding in Burning Crusade Classic is a bit cheaper than in WoW Classic.

  • In WoW Classic, the riding skill is 20 gold, but the cost of the epic mount is 1000 gold. 
  • In TBCC the Apprentice rank costs 35 gold, and the Journeyman rank costs 600 gold. However, an epic mount only costs 200 gold

The cost of each riding skill rank and mount can be reduced up to a 20% based on your character's reputation with the faction you are buying from:

  • If you are Exalted, you pay only 480 gold for Journeyman instead of 600 gold, and you pay only 80 gold for a blue mount instead of 100 gold 
  • Unlike in WoW Classic, your PVP rank does not give a discount 

Racial Limitations

Racial limitations that exist in WoW Classic continue in Burning Crusade Classic. For example, you still cannot ride mounts from other races unless you are Exalted with their faction.

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